Mission Chinese’s Danny Bowien hits the big screen, sort of
For Mission Chinese chef Danny Bowien’s debut on Mind of a Chef, simply head to Facebook. That’s where the sixth season — in which Bowien stars — will air. The first three episodes of the Anthony Bourdain-produced show are already on the social media network, and one episode will be released each week through mid-December from here on out. Head here to watch.
Openings, closures, and coming attractions
Headed to Queens is Nas-owned Sweet Chick, the chicken-and-waffle chain that will soon boast five locations across New York City, as well as one in Los Angeles. The February debut at 46-42 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City is something of a homecoming for the rapper, who grew up in the borough.
Over in Manhattan, the owners of Tribeca’s Lahore Deli have opened a Pakistani, Indian, and Bangladeshi restaurant nearby called Burger N Grill in Pakistan Tea House at 176 Church Street. This is the site of the former Pakistan Tea House, which had been a late night cabbie hot spot for many years. On the Lower East Side, Whynot Coffee has closed to make way for Una Pizza Napoletana’s hyped return to NYC.
Here’s how Nobu got his start
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has a new autobiography out called Nobu: A Memoir, and Eater.com has an excerpt. Matsuhisa famously partnered with actor Robert De Niro to open Nobu in Tribeca, which has since become a global brand. In the excerpt, Matsuhisa details how De Niro convinced him to open a restaurant in Manhattan.
Lesbian bars are on the decline
There are a lot of not-so-encouraging stats in a new Market Watch article chronicling the decline of lesbian bars in America. Here in NYC, there is reportedly just one lesbian bar — Henrietta Hudson. Though Cubbyhole is colloquially considered one, it identifies itself as “lesbian, gay and straight-friendly.” In response, people are organizing lesbian nights and parties at venues around town.
A natural wine dinner at Gloria
Natural wine’s hot moment continues with a dinner at Gloria. New York-based winemaker Nathan Kendall will pour some of his wines — a pet nat, two rieslings, a pinot noir, and more — on Monday, November 20, paired with Gloria’s seafood dishes. Email email@example.com to RSVP to the $78 evening. Ten percent of proceeds will benefit the National Immigration Law Center. Rather just drink at home? Here are five insane ways to open a bottle of wine: